2023 Community Grant Changes

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Since the Davis Phinney Foundation's Community Grant program launched in 2021, we've received many outstanding applications and have been able to fund six projects. Also, throughout these past two years, we've noticed a significant gap between the applications received, the amounts requested, and our funding capacity.    

To address this gap and continue to build a strategy that embodies sustainable support and interlocks our Healthy Parkinson's Communities (HPC) initiative with our grant funding, we have redesigned our community grant program to offer two distinct opportunities: Systems Change Grants and Healthy Parkinson's Communities Grants. We'll launch both in 2024.   


The Foundation's Community Grants Program was designed to fund projects impacting communities on a systems level, and we will continue to fund these types of projects moving forward. Applications for this grant opportunity will be invite-only, and once awarded, grantees will be guaranteed three years of funding from the Foundation. To follow through on this three-year funding commitment to existing grantees, our Systems Change grant cycle will open again in 2024.    


In addition to our Systems Change Grants, having grants available to our Healthy Parkinson's Communities is a way to ensure multi-faceted and ongoing support for these communities. For this opportunity, local community leaders will be informed of their eligibility to apply for an HPC grant by the Foundation's Community Engagement Manager and the Foundation's HPC Network Program Associate. At this time, HPC communities will need a 501c3 entity that can accept the funds and furnish a W9. In the future, we hope to fund groups/projects regardless of their 501c3 status. If you're interested in this opportunity, please reach out to Kayla Ferguson at kferguson@dpf.org so we can schedule a time to discuss our Healthy Parkinson's Communities network!   

Community Grants for 2024

As mentioned above, both opportunities will launch in 2024. We will not have a community grant application period in 2023. As a part of this redesign, we will take this year to revise our grant processes and procedures while wrapping up some funding commitments to previous grantees. And, like many other Foundations, we are responding to the economic uncertainty we are all facing and scaling back our funding as needed. So our goal is to be ready to go in 2024!  

Despite not having a grant application period this year, we are still very interested in connecting with you to see if there are other ways we can collaborate and/or make a note of your interest once we announce the next cycle in 2024.  

Contact Grant Manager Kayla Ferguson at kferguson@dpf.org or submit an interest form here, and we will be in touch!  

Want to learn more about our previous community grants?

The Healthy Parkinson’s Communities grants program aims to help us realize our mission to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. By funding programs and initiatives that are unique to the places and people they are designed to support, we can work to eliminate barriers and expand Parkinson’s care for all. Learn more here.

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